Why do we need to fundraise?

The Foundation of Light is financially independent of SAFC.

Using the formidable power of football, we are continuing to expand our work to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families through a far-reaching range of pioneering and ground-breaking programmes.

The Foundation of Light works with and touched the lives of more than 40,000 people across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham, working in some of the most deprived areas in England – areas within the region are amongst the worst 10% for deprivation in the country and the health of the region’s population is well below the national average. 

We are committed to and pro-active in addressing the issues within our community, working with our own initiative and with strategic partners to ensure the continuing improvement of quality of life for all in the North East.

Although we share an emotive relationship with Sunderland AFC, the Foundation of Light is a charity that is structurally and financially independent of the football club, relying on fundraising for 95% of our project costs. It's only with the generous and unwavering backing of our many supporters that we can continue to make such an impact on your community.

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